After a relatively short engagement (9 months) on the 17th May Jonathan and I got married! We knew all along we wanted a small and intimate ceremony with only our closest family there and of course Josh the best man. We opted for a non religious service at Bilton House registrar in Harrogate, a lovely space if you’re considering a ceremony in North Yorkshire.
In the morning my sister and I had our hair styled at SAK’s in Skipton and did our own makeup relatively calmly before the nerves kicked in and oh boy did they kick in, I was very thankful for the cold bottle of prosecco in the fridge! By 11am Jonny’s mum Kay and nana Lorna joined my sister, mum and I. Kay and Jonny’s dad Colin had organised transport to Bilton House from Skipton in the form of a beautiful VW camper called ‘Anne’. A lovely driver from Bronte Camper Hire arrived and drove us the very scenic route to the venue. We were slightly early and ended up stopping at a social club car park for a quick pit stop, my sister and I went inside to use the toilets where we were clapped and cheered by the locals as I dashed through in my wedding dress! We pondered on having a quick shot of tequila but before we knew it we needed to hit the road again…
Once we arrived, my beloved grandfather Fred was waiting out front to give me a big hug and some words of comfort. Nothing prepares you on your wedding day for the overwhelming sense of love from everyone around you. For my family and I, this feeling was intensified by the absence of my dad Steve who sadly passed away suddenly in January of this year. To those who have lost someone close to them you’ll understand the bittersweetness that arises when an important landmark celebration is had, he was very much in everyones thoughts all day.
As Fred and I sat patiently in the side room we eventually heard our song ‘You & Me’ by Penny & The Quarters, it was time. The following half an hour seems now like a hazy dream. My sister Francesca and auntie Anne both read beautiful readings as part of the service and once the deed was done and we officially became Mr & Mrs Shackleton we walked out to Stevie Wonder ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’, one of dads favourites. The energy in the room during the ceremony was like something I can't describe, we left on a total high.
The whole day was also filmed for a project which we’ll share later in the year once the production team have released the film themselves. The film makers Grace and Alfred followed us over to Addingham where we had a private room hired for lunch, looking back Jonny and I laugh at how our intimate post married bliss was shared with these beautiful strangers who had travelled up from London to make a film. We’re really excited (slightly nervous) to see what they produce. Our friend and talented photographer Scotty Cross captured the whole day beautifully as i'm sure you'll agree.
We really couldn’t have asked for more from our wedding day. The sun shone, our hearts beat faster than they had before and I felt every moment my dad was looking over us all with pride.
Photography: Scotty Cross